Arsenal players want Arsene Wenger to stay - Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud has said all the Arsenal players want Arsene Wenger to stay on as manager next season.

Giroud, 30, committed his long-term future to the Gunners by signing a contract extension last week, but it is not yet known if Wenger will prolong his 21-year stint when his current deal expires this summer.

Mesut Ozil has said Wenger's decision will be a key factor in whether he also signs an extension, and Giroud said everyone in the dressing room wants to see the Frenchman stay.

"We hope that the boss will sign a new contract. Because we all want to keep going with this squad," Giroud said.

"From my side, obviously [signing a new contract] is a good thing because I feel very good at Arsenal and I really want to carry on to win the league and to always improve myself."

Giroud has been in impressive form with five goals in Arsenal's last five games, but had to exit Saturday's 4-0 win at Swansea with an ankle injury after scoring the opening goal.

Arsenal are eight points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, but goalkeeper Petr Cech insists that gap can disappear quickly.

"Their confidence is very high and they obviously have an advantage in terms of points," Cech said about his former Chelsea teammates. "But it's still a long way to go, and in football everything can go pretty fast."